Leader of the great religious revolt of the sixteenth century in Germany ; born at Eisleben, 10 November, ; died at Eisleben, 18 February,
Was it an Act of Biblical Rebellion? Was the American Revolution an act of rebellion against God and the Bible? Many today claim that it was. People have mistakenly linked democracy and political freedom to Christianity. They follow the arguments of the Declaration of Independence, which declares that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are Divinely endowed rights.
But such a position is contrary to the clear teachings and commands of Romans So the United States was actually born out of a violation of New Testament principles, and any blessings God has bestowed on America have come in spite of that disobedience by the Founding Fathers.
Did they overlook this verse? No, these were not men ignorant of Scripture. In fact, they used Scripture to support their cause in the most devious of ways.
The deception that prevailed during this period of history was immense. God and Scripture was the vehicle of mobilization that unified the cause, gave it credence, and allowed the Deist leaders at the top to move the masses toward rebellion. Deistic and Unitarian tendencies in regards to religion.
Those Christians who supported physical resistance against the tyranny of Britain generally turned to Enlightenment rhetoric for validation, propped up by poor exegesis and application of the Bible.
While such charges certainly reflect the personal views of these critics, they definitely do not accurately reflect the extended theological debates that occurred at the time of the American Revolution. In fact, contrary to Dr.
This was especially true during the Reformation, when the subject was directly addressed by theologians such as Frenchman John Calvin, 4 German Martin Luther, 5 Swiss Reformation leader Huldreich Zwingli, 6 and numerous others.
In fact, those civil leaders even deliberately enacted laws specifically prohibiting Reformation adherents from practicing their Scriptural beliefs.
Facing such civil opposition, Reformation leaders turned to the Bible and found much guidance on the subject of civil disobedience and resistance to tyrannical civil authority.
Those theological discussions continued in England during the brutal reign of Henry VIIIthe repressive abuses of James Iand the ruthless rule of the Tudor monarchs, including that of Bloody Mary Inat a time of unlimited monarchies wherein the king was the absolute law, Scottish theologian Samuel Rutherford penned the important theological work Lex Rex, demonstrating that the law is king rather than vice versa.
For asserting that Biblical position, Rutherford was eventually charged by British monarchy with high treason but died before he could be tried.
James II continued the persecution of believers, and not surprisingly, the theological debates also continued. Significantly, the many theological writings penned during these brutal and tyrannical reigns provided the underpinning for the Glorious Revolution of in which: When British autocratic tyranny began to increase toward America preceding the Revolution, those ancient theological debates were renewed.
The first was that most Christian denominations during the Founding Era held that while they were forbidden to overthrow the institution of government and live in anarchy, they were not required blindly to submit to every law and policy.
Those in the Founding Era understood that the general institution of government was unequivocally ordained by God and was not to be overthrown, but that did not mean that God approved every specific government; God had ordained government in lieu of anarchy — He opposed anarchy, rebellion, lawlessness, and wickedness and wanted civil government in society.
The Scriptural model for this position was repeatedly validated when God Himself raised up leaders such as Gideon, Ehud, Jepthah, Samson, and Deborah to throw off tyrannical governments — leaders subsequently praised in Hebrews That the Founders held the view that the institution of government is not to be opposed but that tyranny is, is a position clearly evident in their writings.For Martin Luther, the two kingdoms doctrine was necessary in order to refute the longstanding claims of the papacy to hold all power, both spiritual and temporal, by virtue of .
Marking the th anniversary of Martin Luther’s challenge to the established church, the New Weather Institute and campaign group Rethinking Economics, with input from a wide range of economists, academics and concerned citizens, challenged the mainstream teaching of economics and published a call for change in 33 Theses for an Economics Reformation.
Martin Luther was a monk in the Holy Roman Empire. Luther had paved the way to question the church which eventually led to the Protestant Reformation. His views on Christianity appealed to many people, but they were a threat to the Roman Catholic Church, thus causing much commotion throughout the .
Leader of the great religious revolt of the sixteenth century in Germany; born at Eisleben, 10 November, ; died at Eisleben, 18 February, His father, Hans, was a miner, a rugged, stern, irascible character. In the opinion of many of his biographers, it was an expression of uncontrolled.
Critical and other contrasts between the New Testament church and the church of Rome. Catholic apologists deceive souls by asserting that their church is uniquely the . The Protestant Reformation And The Reformation - The Protestant Reformation, also known as the Reformation, was the 16th-century religious, governmental, scholarly and cultural upheaval that disintegrated Catholic Europe, setting in place the structures and beliefs that would define the continent in the modern era (Staff, ).